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Ocean Galleries Presents The Art of John Lennon

Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ) is honored to present an exhibition of the extraordinary works of John Lennon.  An unparalleled collection, “The Art of John Lennon” will be on exhibit and available for acquisition from Thursday, June 18 through Monday, June 22, 2015, with Ocean Galleries open daily from 10:00 AM through 10:00 PM.


Special receptions with the Collection Curator, Lynne Clifford, will take place from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 21.  Ms. Clifford, an authority on the artwork of John Lennon, will be in the gallery and available to the public; speaking on the exhibited works and providing insight into the history and stories behind the artwork.


All events are complimentary and open to the public.  Ms. Yoko Ono Lennon, who created the program, had the specific intent of helping local non-profit organizations in each city the exhibit visits.  As such, Ocean Galleries will be asking guests to make a $5 or more donation to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.












Image: Photographic Suite

Photo Credit: Nishi

Copyright © Yoko Ono


In his art, John Lennon, the legendary musician, songwriter, poet, philosopher, and artist, delivered a consistent message – peace and love.  Art was actually his first love, as he began drawing long before he owned a guitar.


John Lennon’s artwork celebrates human love and communication – two themes at the heart of his contribution to the art of the twentieth century.  His iconic Self-Portrait image has become the cornerstone of the collection.  These posthumous, limited edition prints are adapted from Lennon’s original drawings.  The art has been selected from rare archival sketches and is representative of his whimsical and thought provoking imagery.  Each print is reproduced utilizing the sophisticated and detailed standards typical for archival fine art printing processes, guided, approved, and hand-signed by Yoko Ono.














Image:  Life’s Karmic Wheel

Copyright © Yoko Ono


In many ways, John Lennon was truly a renaissance man whose insights and perspective helped shape the sensibility of the contemporary mind.  Born John Winston Lennon on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England, he died tragically on December 8, 1980.  He married Yoko Ono at Gibraltar on March 20, 1969.  On March 29, 1969, John and Yoko commenced their famous bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton.


While music will be remembered as his most popular art form, he loved both literature and his visual art, studying at Liverpool Art Institute from 1957-1960.  He penned and illustrated three books: In His Own White, A Spaniard in the Works, and Skywriting by Word of Mouth. 


As early as 1969, John began moving toward a return to visual art.  He was primarily interested in drawing and favored the creative loose sketch, working in pen and ink.  In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, John drew the Bag One Portfolio, a chronicle of their wedding ceremony, honeymoon, and their plea for world peace, the Bed-in.  The suite also contained erotic sketches.  The Bag One Series was first published and exhibited in January 1970 at the London Art Gallery.  On the second day, the exhibition was closed by Scotland Yard and the erotic lithographs confiscated.











Image:  On Cloud Nine

Copyright © Yoko Ono


During 1986, Yoko Ono decided to share John’s artistic genius with the public by publishing the first in a series of prints entitled This is My Story Both Humble and True, followed with Bag One Continued…, Dakota Days, Karuizawa Series, and Japan Through John Lennon’s Eyes.  These works are a commentary on John’s everyday life, his wife, Yoko, and their son, Sean.  The drawings are whimsical yet poetic, loving portraits of their years together.  Drawn by one of the most important cultural figures of our time, these illustrations celebrate human love and communication – two themes at the heart of John Lennon’s contribution to the art of the twentieth century.












Image:  Family of Peace

Copyright © Yoko Ono


Born and raised in Liverpool, England, as a teenager John Lennon became involved in music, forming his first band, the Quarrymen, which by 1960 had evolved into The Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music.  Lennon was a visual artist before he picked up his first guitar or wrote his first song.  He attended the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute (1957-1960).  He continued to draw throughout his life.  Lennon’s primary medium was line drawing, in either pen, pencil, or Japanese sumi ink.  He not only penned, but also sketched the drawings that became illustrations for three bestselling books: In His Own Write (1964), A Spaniard in the Works (1965) and Skywriting By Word of Mouth (1987).


In the years that followed, Lennon expressed himself once again through drawing, this time reflecting his love for his family.  Since 1989, Bag One Arts has published a series of limited edition prints of his work, which have traveled throughout the world.  The graphic collection has traveled throughout the U.S., England, Spain, Italy, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Manila.


“The Art of John Lennon” will be at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ) on exhibit and available for acquisition Thursday, June 18 through Monday, June 22, 2015 from 10:00 AM through 10:00 PM daily.


Special receptions with Lynne Clifford, the Collection Curator and authority on the artwork, will take place from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 21. 


The exhibit is free and open to the public.  A donation of $5 per person is suggested, which will be given to the Southern Branch of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, serving Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties.  The Community FoodBank’s mission is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions.  They seek to engage, educate, and empower all sectors of society in the battle, and fill the emptiness caused by hunger with FOOD, HELP, and HOPE.  For more information, visit http://www.cfbnj.org/about/


 community Food Bank of NJ




In addition to an extraordinary collection of artwork and custom-framing, Ocean Galleries also offers a variety of hand-made crafts from local, regional, and national artists in America, such as glass, pottery, jewelry, and furniture.  All summer exhibitions take place at the Stone Harbor location of Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue), which is open from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM daily during the summer season.  The Avalon location of Ocean Galleries (2199 Ocean Drive) is open from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday.  For more information or directions, call 609-368-7777 or visit www.oceangalleries.com

Lacey Chamber of Commerce May Events

LCOC Hosting SPEED NETWORKING for General Membership Meeting on May 13

Come out to our next General Membership meeting on Wednesday, May 13, at the Captain’s Inn at 6:30 PM.  We will have our annual SPEED NETWORKING event!  Meet new people, grow your business and have fun!  Please note that the cost for our monthly dinner meetings is $25 per person.

Chamber Table at Toms River Chilifest

The Lacey Chamber is once again helping out at the Chilifest in Downtown Toms River on Saturday, May 16.  We are in need of volunteers to assist with the event and to staff the Lacey Chamber table—-you can promote you and your business while helping the Chamber promote Lacey.  This is a HUGE event with thousands of attendees every year.  If you were to buy your own space, it would be up to $750 for the event!!

As with our table events last year, if you give two hours to support the Chamber at one event, you will be able to put your “stuff” on the Chamber’s table at the rest of the table events (6 in all!) for the next 12 months.


LCOC Memorial Day Parade

The Chamber will once again be participating in the Memorial Day Parade and Service sponsored by the local American Legion.  The parade is on Monday, May 25.  We will gather at the Lacey United Methodist Church on Lacey Road at 9:30 AM; the parade steps off at 10:00 AM.  Please come out to support the Chamber and to remember those who dies while serving in our nation’s armed forces.


Chamber Member Lacey Memorial Home to Host After Hours

Come out on May 28, 2015, to Lacey Memorial Home to meet and support one of our newest members!  See details below.

Worden House

The Chamber’s Worden House office is now open as a Welcome Center for residents, visitors and members alike.  Come out to see our Executive Director; the hours of operation are Monday, 12:30 to 3:30 PM; Wednesday, 12:30 to 3:30 PM; and Friday, 9:00 to 12:00 AM.
MEMBERS:  Please bring by your business cards and brochures to the office for display purposes.  (Please limit this toapproximately 25 as we do not have adequate storage for any more than that.)



Tennis Open House

*May 23rd between the hours of 10:00am and 1:00pm

*(Rain Date: Sunday, May 24th, same time)


We’re hosting a Tennis Open House for you and our members to meet, mingle,

and play tennis, at no cost to you!


Come play on our 9 Har-Tru tennis courts with our members.

We would love to meet you and show you our excellent tennis facility and meet our great members. Coffee, bagels, and cream cheese, on the house.


If you are not available that day but have some interest in seeing the facility and playing, please email Jeff, our manager pro and tennis director, at: jtennis711@gmailcom


An R.S.V.P. to Jeff would allow him to be sure players at your level will be waiting for

you to play. However, an R.S.V.P. is not required.

See you on the courts.


120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies, NJ 08008




Memorial Day Picnic and Parade


Lacey Lodge # 2518 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will hold their annual Memorial Day Picnic on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1pm until 5pm. The picnic is open to the public.

A special Memorial Day service and wreath laying ceremony will take place at 12 noon on the Elk’s Memorial Walk located outside of the Veteran’s and Handicapped Pavilion. All are welcome.

Admission donation for the picnic is ten (10) dollars per person, six (6) dollars for children ages twelve to six years old, children five and under are free. Family prices are available. The event features a barbeque, drink specials and entertainment by Let’s Be Frank, a classic 60s – 70s American pop band featuring four part vocal harmonies while playing great music from yesterday and today. Doors open at 12:30pm.

Also, please join us at the Lacey Township Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25 at 10am. The Parade begins at the United Methodist Church on Lacey Road and continues west on Lacey Road ending at the Lacey Township Municipal Complex.

Lacey Elk’s Lodge # 2518 is located at 900 Beach Boulevard, Forked River, New Jersey.

Please help support Lacey Elk’s Lodge as we help support the community. Help us help a neighbor. Thank you for your support. Elks Care – Elks Share.

For further information about this event or if you would like information on how to become an Elk, please call 609-693-1281.


Wildwoods Officially Kick Off the Summer Season

The Wildwoods will officially kick off the 2015 summer season at the Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony on Friday, May 22 at noon on the beach at Andrews Avenue, next to the Wildwoods Convention Center. A large, ornate key will be used to ‘unlock’ the ocean and open the summer season.

The 30th Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, the largest kite festival in North America, also begins that day and features kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations in the skies above the Wildwoods beaches – adding a festive and colorful backdrop to the Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony. The kite festival officially starts at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 22 with an illuminated night kite fly on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue.

The Kite Festival continues on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, starting at 9 a.m. daily, with the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships featuring the best sport kite pilots in the United States. The championships are comprised of a variety of competitions for individuals, pairs and teams. Also during the weekend, join in the Candy Drop, Running of the Bols, Rev Games or Rokkaku Team Challenge; fly a kite on the Learn to Fly Field or watch the Fighter Kite Competition. More fun is to be had with kite exhibits and workshops on the beach.

The Wildwoods International Kite Festival Auction will be held in the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 23. The auction is open to the public and many unique kites and collectibles will be up for bid.

The kite festivities conclude with the World Indoor Kite Competition at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Monday, May 25 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite without wind, and performances will be choreographed to music.

For additional information about the 30th Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, please call 732-822-4884 or visit www.SkyFestivals.com.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732. 

Weekend Yoga Begins Just in Time For Mother’s Day!


Begins this weekend


Located outside on a deck overlooking Barnegat Bay, this class will restore and renew you.

Begin with a relaxing warm-up, followed by breathing exercises, before moving on to more heat-building asanas.

Saturdays & Sundays

May 9 – September 27 (no class August 1 & 2)  

9:30 – 10:45am  

120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies, NJ 08008

Winners of the 2015 Essay & Art Contest ‘What the Coast Guard Means to Me’

 First place winner of the Middle School Division Art Competition, Dominic Alba, age 13,  depicts a Boardwalk scene with two Coast Guard helicopters hovering above, led by a banner  plane with the message “Join the U.S. Coast Guard.”
First place winner of the Middle School Division Art Competition, Dominic Alba, age 13,
depicts a Boardwalk scene with two Coast Guard helicopters hovering above, led by a banner
plane with the message “Join the U.S. Coast Guard.”

First place winner of the Elementary School Division Art Competition, Julia McLaughlin,  age 6, shows Coast Guard recruits with a rainbow overhead
First place winner of the Elementary School Division Art Competition, Julia McLaughlin,
age 6, shows Coast Guard recruits with a rainbow overhead

Cape May County Freeholders, ‘Coast Guard Community’ Festival Co-chairs and Captain Todd Prestidge, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May (TRACEN), will honor the 2015 Essay and Art Contest winners during the Festival’s evening event on Saturday, May 9 at Cape May Convention Hall.

“‘The 2015 Essay and Art contest is a special way to get the local children to show their creativity. This year’s theme, ‘What the Coast Guard Means to Me,’ hits home for many of the kids,” said Captain Todd Prestidge, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May. “We are truly grateful for their support.”

The Art and Essay contest was broken down into three sections: a Middle School Division Art Competition, an Elementary School Division Art Competition and an Essay Competition.

The Middle School Division Art Competition winners include: first place winner Dominic Alba, age 13, second place winner Emily DeLong, age 11, and third place winner Avery White, age 12. All three winners were from Ms. Colleen Ferraro’s art class at Richard M. Teitelman Middle School in Lower Township.

The Elementary School Division Art Competition winners include: first place winner Julia McLaughlin, age 6, second place winner Madeline Wolff, age 6, and third place winner Peyton Kesterson, age 6. All three winners were from Cape May City Elementary school’s kindergarten class.

First place winner of the Essay Competition is Nicole Wolf, age 18, of Cape May County Technical High School. Second place went to a group entry from Cape May County Technical High School. Robin Barry, age 17, served as group leader for Cameron Friedman, age 18, Erik Wolfe, age 18, Brandon Milano, age 17, Rebecca Dietrich, age 18, and James Schmucker, age 18.

Winning artwork will be displayed at the Coast Guard Community Festival May 8-10 and will remain on display for one year at the Ida Lewis Auditorium at TRACEN.

At the Saturday evening event, attendees can mingle at the Community Connections Mixer; enjoy a concert by the Cape May Pops; and taste local food products. The event is totally free to active military, U.S Coast Guard personnel and families, and the general public!

For more information about the Coast Guard Community Designation and Festival, visit coastguardcommunity.org or call Nina Ranalli, Coast Guard Community Festival Director at (609) 425-7650.

Seasonal Allergies…Nothing to Sneeze At


As warmer weather approaches, our Mother Earth reawakens in the form of emerging grasses, blooming flowers and a general ‘greening up’ of the outside world around us. After this long cold winter, most of us look forward to this rebirth we call Spring with heightened anticipation. That is, those of us that don’t experience what is commonly known as seasonal allergies. Also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis,  this condition of hypersensitivity to airborne pollen or, in some cases, mold spores can wreak havoc on one’s immune system and ultimately one’s feeling of well-being.
 During the spring season plants, trees and grasses release tiny grains called pollen into the atmosphere for the purpose of fertilization. When those tiny grains find their way into the nose of someone that is highly allergic to them, that person’s immune system goes into overdrive. The immune system mistakenly identifies the pollen as a foreign invader and releases antibodies which attack the allergens. That discharge of antibodies also causes a release of chemical triggers such as histamine to try to neutralize the ‘enemy’. Histamine causes itchy watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, sneezing and a scratchy throat. Along with these symptoms one may experience nasal or ear congestion.
 If you walk into any pharmacy, there is usually an entire aisle dedication to over the counter, or OTC, remedies for allergies. Most of the products available are simply a mix of only a few types of medications:
  • Antihistamines work just like their name implies, they block the release of histamine. Products like Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec and Allegra are all antihistamines and are usually very effective at resolving the “drippy” symptoms, like watery eyes, runny nose and post-nasal drip. Benadryl works quickly to alleviate these symptoms but causes drowsiness in most people. Claritin, Zyrtec and Allegra are all non-drowsy, but normally take a few days to start working.
  • Decongestants shrink sinus tissue. The sinuses are located around the eyes and nose. When those tissues become inflamed, it becomes very hard to breath out your nose and a feeling of pressure may develop in the head. The ears may also feel ‘clogged’ due to the drainage canal, or Eustachian tube, becoming inflamed as well. Decongestants, like Sudafed, reduce this swelling, thereby relieving pressure, and resolving the ‘echo feeling’ in the ears. However, that tissue shrinkage is not exclusive to the sinuses, therefore when other tissues experience constriction, like blood vessels, an increase in blood pressure may occur. These medications carry a warning that patients with high blood pressure should consult a physician before taking. Nasal decongestant sprays, such as Afrin and Neo-Synephrine,  would also fall into this category and don’t necessarily carry the same warning about hypertension, but these products can only be used for a very short period of time otherwise they may cause ‘rebound congestion’ or a worsening of nasal congestion.
  • Nasal Corticosteroids are the latest category of RX to OTC switch and are very effective at decreasing allergy symptoms. These products reduce inflammation just like the nasal decongestants but do not carry the same warning about high blood pressure. There are only 2 products available and they are Nasacort and Flonase.
  • Allergy Eye drops, such as Zaditor and Naphcon-A are ideal for those who have itchy, watery eyes. These agents work topically and do not carry warnings for patients with hypertension.
  • Herbal remedies include Butterbur, Quercetin and Stinging Nettle. These products have antihistamine properties and help to reduce inflammation.
Of all of the patients that come in to see me, a large percentage of them need counseling for seasonal allergies. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about remedies for relief from these symptoms. There is no reason that we all shouldn’t enjoy this wonderful time of the year and with the right combination of products for your symptoms, we can all enjoy it equally as much.

Andrea Ewen, R.Ph., Medicine Solutions Pharmacy

Andrea Ewen is co-owner of Medicine Solutions Pharmacy located in Manahawkin.  She has been with Kapler’s Pharmacy in Beach Haven, NJ for 10 years and prior to that worked at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Manahawkin for 10 years.  Ms. Ewen received her certification in compounding techniques in November of 2006 from Pharmacy Compounding Centers in America located in Houston, TX.  Andrea holds a BS in pharmacy from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Services.  She has been in pharmacy practice for 20 years.

Impaired Driving Enforcement

by Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D.


The enforcement of the impaired driving laws is a high priority for the Lacey Township Police Department. The danger presented to the public by motorists who knowingly choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired is all too often realized through one tragic incident after another. In 2014, Lacey Township experienced three fatal motor vehicle crashes with two of the three fatalities directly due to impaired drivers recklessly operating vehicles. In the two separate crashes, the people who died were innocent victims unrelated and unassociated with the impaired driver. In both crashes, the impaired drivers walked away uninjured while the lives of the families of the victims were changed forever. Many nonfatal crashes throughout 2014 also involved the presence of alcohol and/or drugs as a contributory factor in the motor vehicle crashes.

The Lacey Township Police Department has averaged over 110 DUI convictions per year through diligent enforcement efforts, detailed investigations, and very effective prosecutions. While the penalties for a DUI offense are severe and pose a great hardship to the offender and his or her family, that hardship pales in comparison to the negative impact DUI offenses have on innocent victims and their families. Many of the DUI arrests in 2014 were the result of officers responding to motor vehicle crashes only to find that the person responsible was operating their vehicle DUI.

Throughout 2015, the patrol officers of the Lacey Township Police Department will continue to detect and deter DUI offenders through both focused patrols and approved checkpoints. While DUI enforcement is a department-wide and consistent effort involving all patrol officers, the police department currently has two of the most experienced and knowledgeable Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) in the county. Both officers serve a vital function in ensuring accountability when an offender is impaired due to drugs rather than alcohol. The county-wide DRE program includes a shared services agreement which allows for a Lacey Township Police Department DRE to assist other towns throughout the year as well. The additional experience each DRE achieves through the extra exposure under the shared services agreement has proven to be a great benefit to our efforts here in Lacey Township.

The police department will once again be working with our partners in law enforcement throughout Ocean County to conduct roving DUI patrols along with specially designed and planned DUI checkpoints. Specifically dedicated grant funds allow for the additional focused DUI enforcement details throughout the year.  The intent of the extra efforts which are specifically focused on DUI enforcement is to make the roadways in Lacey Township as safe as possible for the motoring public. Deterrence is the primary objective of the police department’s efforts. Ideally, through additional awareness and deterrence, potential DUI offenders will make the choice to not get behind the wheel and potentially save a life in the process.